doubt it, their sense of humor (?) is lost on me
I don't know- I didn't like the voices used but I also didn't like the characters.
I'm baffled as to the super positive reviews- I thought the book boring, the narrative poor, the characters unappealing. For sure, it's my perspective. Please take this book back!
The story is an interesting angle on a familiar narrative. Meryl Streep is brilliant. She reads with such depth of understanding, not heavy or overdone, adding to the story with her narration. Well done!
In the past I've enjoyed books by Terry Goodkind, sadly this one is really poor. One character says something like, "we should get out of here" and the next line is another character saying something like "we should leave this place and get out of here" and then the first character says, "it's not safe here, we should leave"; it's terrible. I tried to ignore it and finish the book but in the end I couldn't make it to the end. The narrator seemed to have trouble with the construction; her voice would sound like the end of a sentence and the there'd be a prepositional phrase before the sentence ended. Disconcerting. My hunch is the story might hold up if someone cleaned the repetitive statements and maybe punctuation or sentence construction. Too bad. Very disappointing.
This could've been a sweet story but the internal dialogues are so over-worked, over-done, too long! I wanted to like it but I just didn't and wanted the characters to just make a choice!
If you like fantasy and shapeshifters, this is a solid story with likeable characters within a created universe that make sense. The narrator does a good job. All in all, good fun.
When Joe Kavalier escapes to the states- the description of his journey with twists and turns and improbable luck (both bad and good) is absorbing.
It's also true, the first conversation between Sammy and Joe as they walk along the street discussing potential characters is really fun.
Joe Kavalier is memorable because he works with what he has- the challenge of getting his family out of Europe, the challenge of making a life in the US, the desire to fight the Nazi regime even when those around him are not ready. A remarkable artist who made a difference.
This is a fun story, fairly well written, characters worth getting to know, and a good reader. While the Lighthouse Land is improbable, the characters' journeys are worth the trip
let down but ok
He didn't get in the way of the story.
Yes, because there is a depth to the stories that would make a re-hearing at once a familiar friend and new discovery
I liked how well thought out the characters and the culture are. I appreciate that terms and names do not feel fake or trendy-- it makes sense.
They are both solid readers who make distinctions between characters without acting.
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